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Negros Oriental allocates P3-M for organic fertilizer program

by Rachelle M. Nessia

Dumaguete City (21 August) -- The Negros Oriental provincial government has recently allocated P3M for the province's campaign to produce organic fertilizers.

The funds will be used to boost the province's program on organic fertilizers, said Capitol Information Officer Adrian Sedillo.

A trainors' training will be conducted starting with the different agriculturists of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist down to the agriculturists at the local government units (LGU) level, said Sedillo.

The funds will also be used to purchase African night crawlers, a type of vermin which Sedillo said produces the best vermicast based on studies.

"The African night crawlers works 24 hours and it is self-producing. In 45 days, mu-doble ang iyang gidaghanon," he said.

Sedillo disclosed that under the program, a total of 3,000 farmers all over Negros Oriental will benefit from the program and receive one kilo of vermin, which he said costs P500.

The said farmers have already been identified "but they will have to be trained first."

After six months, the farmer-beneficiaries will return to the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist one kilo of vermin. "Ni-daghan na na man ang katong na-dawat nila nga one kilo of vermin six months before kay mu-doble ang gidaghanon sa vermin in just 45 days," said Sedillo.

The provincial government under the leadership of Gov. Emilio C. Macias II is serious about promoting its massive campaign for the production of organic fertilizers in view of the high cost of chemical fertilizers.

Meanwhile, the Philippines continues its initiatives on aquaculture and fisheries production, which is in line with the State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) vow of President Arroyo to energize the agriculture and fisheries sector.

The Philippines is an active member of five regional initiatives on fisheries and aquaculture cooperation including a project establishing partnership with Southeast Asia Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) that led to several projects contributing to sustainability of marine resources in the region.

Philippine agriculture grew by a high 4.7 percent in six months to June as against 3.74 percent in the same period in 2007 as government stepped up farm spending in keeping with the President's agriculture-related SONA thrusts. (PIA/RMN) [top]

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